Thursday, February 6, 2014

Journalists press Ottawa to help free Canadian jailed in Egypt

A coalition of journalists is urging Canada’s government to step up pressure on Egyptian officials to release three journalists, including a Canadian, who have been jailed in Egypt for more than a month.
A joint statement from eight organizations, including Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, calls for the “immediate and unconditional release” of Mohamed Fahmy, a 40-year-old Canadian journalist working for Al Jazeera English in Cairo, and two of his colleagues.
At a news conference in Toronto on Thursday, groups representing journalists joined with filmmaker John Greyson, who was himself jailed for 50 days in Egypt last fall, calling the arrests an attack on free expression and pressing the federal government to be more vocal in lobbying for the journalists’ release.
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